Engineering is Elementary: A Long Way Down - Designing Parachutes

  • EIE A Long Way Down:  Designing Parachutes

     In this unit, students gain knowledge of astronomy and aerospace engineers by using the engineering design process  to designing space technologies.  Students read about a boy from Brazil who designs a parachute to get a large, heavy fruit down from a tree.  Students learn about important science concept of drag in order to engineer a parachute  that can land on a planet with an atmosphere that is thinner than Earth's.